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New insight into leaf shape diversity

Many of us probably remember the punnett squares by which we were introduced to the idea of genetic inheritance in school: a dominant allele in each of my brown-eyed parents hides a recessive allele that explains my blue ...

dateNov 24, 2015 in Biotechnology
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Speeding particles in the sights of a laser

It might be easier to track tiny particles in the future – even when they hurtle along with the speed of a rifle bullet. This is thanks to researchers working with Christoph Marquardt and Gerd Leuchs at the Max Planck Institute ...

dateNov 23, 2015 in Quantum Physics
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Time travel with the molecular clock

Migration isn't a new phenomenon, but new insights suggest that modern-day Europeans actually have at least three ancestral populations. This finding was published by Johannes Krause and prominently featured on the cover ...

dateNov 23, 2015 in Archaeology & Fossils
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Touchless displays superseding touchscreens?

While touchscreens are practical, touchless displays would be even more so. That's because, despite touchscreens having enabled the smartphone's advance into our lives and being essential for us to be able to use cash dispensers ...

dateOct 02, 2015 in Nanomaterials
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Colors of a comet

OSIRIS, the scientific imaging system of ESA's Rosetta mission to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, shows a surface with subtle, but significant color variations.

dateNov 12, 2015 in Space Exploration
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